Has Siri just lost the battle from Google Assistant?
Yesterday Google I/O conference was all about machine learning and the image recognition software. One of the most interesting things shown there is the Google Assistant for iPhone. Has Siri just lost the battle?
Hey Siri! Please, can you open Google Assistant!
Ha! It sounds funny! But it actually works.
Since English language isn’t my mother tongue, it is mostly impossible for me to use Siri in real life situations. Because of my accent, it often gives me completely wrong answers. I really like all my Apple products. But, when it comes to Siri, it is almost unusable in my case.
Once I saw that Google Assistant is available on the App Store, I was super excited to give it a try. I was wondering ig Google app is better than Siri in term of virtual assistants. Just a few moments later, I was pleasantly surprised.
Hey! It finally works for me!
Honestly, I didn’t expect that. I did a lot of checks and everything was perfect. Even its sense of humor was a bit better then Siri’s.
Each and every time I ask a question, it responds with a correct answer. Great!, I thought. Now I can use the virtual assistant app on my iPhone7.
Things were good until I figured out that I can’t schedule an appointment in calendar.
It doesn’t have a permission to open any app on my iPhone. Instead, it opened a browser and tried to make an appointment there. My enthusiasm, went from high to very low. Anyway, I have continued to test the app.
In case of quiet environment, when you can’t use your voice to ask the question, you can use the keyboard and type your question instead of speaking.
Unfortunately, the home button can not be used, since it is exclusively dedicated for Siri.
Good things about Google Assistant
The good thing is that there is an option to put the Assistant in a widget screen and access the app from there. The same as on Android phone you want to use Google Now.
The Assistant can be used to make a call, send an SMS, translate words or short sentences, do math, convert units, etc.
It recognizes questions in a context and gives more accurate answers than Siri at this moment. It is obvious that their engineers did a better job than the team behind Tim Cook’s.
“Google Assistant handled my questions quite amazingly with almost no failure. In case that it can be integrated with the home button and access the apps on my phone in the same way as Siri, with no doubt I’ll go with it.”
My first impressions are good. The virtual assistant apps is becoming better and better. I’m pretty satisfied with Assistant no matter that it’s not perfect yet and not fully working on the iPhone. It is clear that at this point it is much ahead of Siri.
In my opinion, Apple will show Siri with new, updated features, possibly on WWDC conference scheduled 5-9 June in San Jose. But, it would not be available before September with iOS 11 and iPhone 8 release.
If you want to give it a try with Google Assistant, it is available on the App Store and you can download it following this link.
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